It looks from the signs of it that my dwarf hop plant is coming back for another year!
After a rather successful crop last year that enabled me to homebrew an impressive one gallon batch of CWG IPA the wee thing has sprung into action in spring.
Very excited to see what harvest I can get this summer with it being its third year. Still drinking the CWG IPA from last year, here’s hoping I get the priming right this time and so it’s better than this.
Lovely malty smell and then a gorgeous after taste of banana meant this was inhaled. 7.5/10
Red Nose Reinbeer Xmas Ale – Somerset Craft Brewery – 5.0%
The eagle eyed among you may have noticed I am not drinking these on the right days. Well tough luck, I’ll be doing want I want.
This final beer of the beeradvent is a rather disappointing end to a great range of beers. Except for the cliched branding and name this isn’t very Christmassy or festive which is how I have permitted some poor beers to be justified.
It’s an ok ale. That’s about it 4/10
So that’s it. 24 beers drank, reviewed and rated. Here’s to some great beer in 2016.
Hix’s Darkside – Diskworld ales – 7.0%
Nothing says festive like an oatmeal stout, this aged bad boy is lovely. Great malty character with sweet oaty after tastes. This is well up there as best beer so far.
The Honey Ale – Hiver – 4.5%
This lovely sweet treat is the only beer in this advent calendar that I’ve had before. It’s a great tasting ale that is velvety treat on the throat and nose. Honey honey honey! 8/10
Anarchy Brew Co – Xmas Chaos – 4.5%
Had a slug there and the name says it all. Total festive chaos on the nose and taste. Rum and raisin with loads of spice with a hint of beer. Let’s say like 6/10, nice but not loving it.
Camden Town Brewery – Gentleman’s Wit – 4.3%
This is a bright and refreshing Belgian brew. Supposedly Wit beer was invented by The Earl of Grey the day he invented some other drink. It is also claimed he invented the world refreshing. Not so sure on those facts or with this beer. It’s a bit too light and citrus for what I was expecting. Still a tasty beer. 6.5/10
Also the lovely Ales by Mail fellas have made up for the mistake in my advent calendar by sending me these. Larry is loving the box.
Tiny Rebel – Cwtch Red Ale – 4.6%
Such a refreshing fruity taste with a balanced bitter. This isn’t the most festive but it’s delicious and I could drink a lot more. Solid 8.5/10 and in for a chance for beer of the calendar.
It’s with a sad face I show you this. Some elf mischief at Ales by Mail meant I got the same beer twice. I am assured the right one is on its way.
Hogs back brewery – Montezuma chocolate lager – 4.5%
The taste notes suggest there is “a hint of chocolate”. In the same way there is a hint of sand in the Sahara or a hint of snow in Lapland or a hint of sarcasm in these hints of mine.
It’s a project beer and it’s tasty but it’s sickening and not even in a hinty way. 2/10, I don’t need this in my life again.
Discworld ales – Bledlows silence 5.5%
I am already starting to struggle to keep up with this daily beer intake. Today’s beer is a delicious IPA, being a fan of simcoe hops it was always going to go down well. Lovely grapefruit and citrus tastes backed up with a hint of aroma. The after taste is a bitter rascal that sucks you back in for more.
This bad boy is in the lead with a 7.5/10
@alesbymail 2nd beer from @celtbeers – Silures 4.7%
Not sure on this one. Hoppy aromas with strong citrus but a bit too bitter for my liking. Label design is a nice Celtic theme and nice to have a Welsh beer in the box. Let’s go for a solid 6/10.